Sicily’s Climate Changes

Today, Sicily is a semi-tropical climate, but in the Middle Ages, the island’s weather was much cooler, with more rain. Certainly, global climate change has contributed, but relality is, scholars attribute the change to extensive deforestation, and as a result, over time, the decline of precipitation and rise in temperatures.  At one time, Sicily’s rivers…

The Road Less Traveled

Often the most memorable moments of our Experience Sicily tours are those that we didn’t plan, but we allowed to happen. That’s the beauty of a small-group tour: flexibility! For example, last September, Sebastiano, our local guide and driver, took us through the Nebrodi Mountains. First of all, the scenery was stupendous. Not many people…

Roasting on an Open Fire

Chestnut season is in full swing. Sicilians who live in the Nebrodi Mountains in Messina Province enjoy this king of nuts in pasta dishes, sweets, or simply roasted on an open fire. They make chestnut flour from them in their mills, and of course, many towns celebrate its harvest with gastronomic festivals that include music,…

What Swine is It?

Sicily’s cuisine is extremely varied from one province of the island to the next. The sausage pictured is typical of the Nebrodi Mountains, the forested, rugged range just north of Mount Etna. When paired with Etna Rosso, the micro-region’s red wine, this local specialty that is made with meat from the Sicilian Black Swine, a…